David Daniel Davis
Causes and Effects of Lupus
Lupus is an auto immune disorder that affects the skin, joints, kidneys, brain and other vital organs.
It turns the body against its own immune system, inadvertently assaulting healthy tissue.
The underlying cause of autoimmune diseases is not completely understood. Lupus occurs much more in women than men. It can occur regardless of age, but usually happens more frequently in individuals between 10 and 50 years of age. Certain drugs may also cause it. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001471/)
There exist various categorizations of lupus; here are just three of them.
Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus-Cutaneous pertains to the skin, so this particular form of lupus only affects the skin. There are many rashes and sores that can occur as a result of cutaneous lupus, raised, scaly and red, but not itchy being the most common. It is usually known as discoid rash because the rash areas are circular in shape. Another well known exhibit of cutaneous lupus is a rash over the cheeks and across the bridge of the nose, referred to as butterfly rash. Other rashes or sores may become apparent on areas of the skin that are exposed to sunlight or fluorescent light, or in the mouth, nose or vagina. Alopecia and skin color changes are also symptoms of cutaneous lupus.
Drug Induced Lupus Erythematosus-Drug Induced Lupus is a lupus like disease that can happen due to use of certain prescription drugs. Symptoms are related to systemic lupus, but major organs will be affected only in rare cases. Drugs most commonly associated with drug induced lupus are hydralazine, which is used to treat high blood pressure or hypertension. Procainamide, which is used to treat irregular heart rhythms and...